VISTA, CA – April 11, 2016 – Moonlight Cultural Foundation announces the headline acts for their upcoming benefit concerts: Well-Strung on Saturday, July 9, 2016 and “Chris Mann & Shoshana Bean in Concert” on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. Both acts will come to San Diego County to perform to raise much-needed funds for the foundation’s arts programs.
“The performing arts are more than entertainment. The arts have a sense of magic about them, a unique ability to allow us to connect with our emotions–the ability to soothe our souls, move us to joyful tears and make our spirits soar,” says Toria Watson, CEO, Moonlight Cultural Foundation. “We strive to make our work accessible to as wide an audience as possible, deepening engagement and positioning the Moonlight Amphitheatre as a popular destination. With support from friends and donors, we help our community shine, and we do that by presenting quality live theatre, providing partnership opportunities, and preparing our youth with artistically innovative education programs.”
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.
General Admission: $20-$55
Well-Strung, a New York City based string quartet, derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by brilliantly fusing classical music with the pop music of today. From Taylor Swift to Beethoven, selections will be performed from the most beautiful and traditional melodies to irreverent “newly-observed” chart toppers. The quartet’s recent CD “Poppssical” debuted at number eight on Billboard’s Classical/Crossover chart in Oct. 2015. Well-Strung is a one-night-only performance on Saturday, July 9, 2016 under the stars at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. Gates open at 7 p.m. and concert begins at 8 p.m. Single tickets are priced $20 to $55. There will be pre- and post-show VIP meet and greet experiences priced at $100 to $150.
“Chris Mann & Shoshana Bean in Concert”
Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: $20-$55
“Chris Mann & Shoshana Bean in Concert” is an evening concert under the stars in Nov. 2016. Mann rose to fame as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” and since then his debut album “Roads” hit number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. He later starred in his own PBS television special: “A Mann for All Seasons” and is currently starring as “The Phantom” in “The Phantom of the Opera” for its national Broadway tour. The lovely and incomparable Shoshana Bean, is teaming up with Mann in concert. Shoshana Bean, a Broadway star and recording artist, has become synonymous with the word “soulful.” She is best known for her stellar performance alongside renowned R&B singer-songwriter, Brian McKnight, on the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. Bean is also known for her roles in the Broadway smash hits “Wicked” and “Hairspray.” “Chris Mann & Shoshana Bean in Concert” is also a one-night-only event on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. Gates open at 7 p.m. and concert begins at 8 p.m. Single tickets are priced $20 to $55, and there will also be pre- and post-event VIP meet and greet experiences priced at $150 to $200.
Proceeds from the concerts directly benefit Moonlight Cultural Foundation, to raise funds for arts education programs for youth and adults, to foster engagement of new audiences and increase student/educator participation in the artistic process. Moonlight Youth Theatre is supported by the foundation, and is committed to providing education in theatre arts that fosters confidence, creativity and leadership skills, and helps hundreds of aspiring young actors pursue their dreams by performing in stage productions and attending theatrical workshops. The foundation also supports Moonlight Stage Productions, one of Southern California’s most professional and mature arts institutions.
To purchase tickets or VIP packages for either Well-Strung or “Chris Mann and Shoshana Bean in Concert,” call (760) 630-7650 or visit http://www.moonlightfoundation.com.
ARTISAN CAFÉ AT THE MOONLIGHT
The Moonlight’s restaurant, the Artisan Café, is operated by Chef David Krohn. The Café offers pre-show dining outdoors on the Moonlight Patio where glimpses of the sunset can be seen before patrons take their seats for the show. The Café also offers delicious intermission snacks to all theatregoers including beverages. To view the Café’s menu, visit www.moonlightstage.com. For information and reservations, call (760) 828-0596.
1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, Calif. Gates open for dining 60 minutes before curtain. For these concerts, no outside beverages or food may be brought into the Amphitheatre. Parking is free.
ABOUT MOONLIGHT CULTURAL FOUNDATION
Moonlight Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 1974 and is the fundraising arm as well as the producing partner for Moonlight Stage Productions. In addition to providing funds for Moonlight Stage Productions, the Foundation plans and presents the Moonlight Youth Theater education program and also supports educational and community arts outreach programs. Community and financial support is essential to our mission to promote culture and diversity through theatre that unites the community. With financial, marketing, and program support from the Foundation, Moonlight Stage Productions is now regarded as one of Southern California’s most professional and mature arts institutions.
Called “San Diego’s #1 Outdoor Theatre” by San Diego Magazine, Moonlight Stage Productions provides high-caliber productions throughout the year at the 2,000 person capacity Moonlight Amphitheatre, owned and operated by the City of Vista. Audiences come from San Diego County, Southern Riverside County and Orange County.
Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s sponsors include: Muriel & Hans Schiff, Forte For Children, Datron World Communications, Issa Family Foundation, Modern Builders Supply, Vista Valley Country Club, Gardenology, Cox, Scripps, Pacific Marine Credit Union, and Atlantic & Pacific Management. For more information on supporting Moonlight Stage Productions and helping to preserve the joy of live theatre for future generations to come, please visit www.moonlightfoundation.com, Facebook or call (760) 630-7650.